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Franck Cammas was born in the south of France, but lived in Brittany for a long time. He’s not only a great sailor, but has a Mathematics degree and attended the Piano conservatory. Since he discovered his passion for sailing offshore he’s won many regattas: Transat Jacques Vabre for three times, Volvo Ocean Racing in 2011/12 edition,Route du Rhum, Quebec-St.Malo, 5 ORMA (Ocean Racing Multihull Association) World Title, Solitaire de Figaro; and broke an unbelievable number of records: Transat Jacques Vabre, 24 hours distance record and Jules Vernes trophy are some of them. Between the marks he can also be very competitive, in his palmares Two World Championships in the C-Class, the ‘little America’s Cup, and helming the 50 feet fouling catmaran at the real America’s Cup with Groupama Team France in Bermuda.
Loïck Peyron’s career started in the late nineties with some Ocean crossings, but the first real victories started arriving towards 2000 with the first win at TJV on Fujicolor II, then again in 2005 onboard Vibrac-Paprec. Between these years and the 2011 the ‘Gitana era’ took place, this year he won the Barcelona World Race on Vibrac-Paprec and then moved to the Banque Populaire V record breaking mission: Fastnet Race, Round the British Isles, Jules Vernes and Route du Rhum in 2014. Just before going to Bermuda with Artemis Racing.
Cammas and Peyron have a long time rivalry dating back to the 90's when Peyron won the TJV in 1999 and a young Cammas at 27 years old and at his first attempt finished right after him. After winning the Jules Vernes Trophy in 2010 with Groupama 3 for setting the record for the fastest circumnavigating of the world by any type of yacht without outside physical assistance, Cammas was beat by Peyron once again when Peyron broke Camma's record by three days sailing on Banque Populaire V.
Stay tuned to see if with the Star Boat and the Star Sailors League Finals as their new platform, Cammas will finally come out on top!
Xavier Rohart introduces Peyron and Cammas and Cammas gives us some insight on his training and expectations for the 2017 SSL Finals! Video
Catch up with Loiick Peyron with a short video after a training session on Lake Garda